United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, is the President of Jewish Life Network (JLN). JLN’s mission is to create new institutions and initiatives to enrich the inner life (religious, cultural, institutional) of American Jewry. Amongst its initial projects are The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education; MAKOR, a center for Jews in their 20’s and 30’s; and Birthright Israel, a worldwide program to enable diaspora Jewish youth to visit and study in Israel. He also serves as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. The Council is charged with responsibility for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC and the tasks of preserving the memory and drawing the lessons of the Holocaust on behalf of the United States government and the American people. An ordained Orthodox rabbi, a Harvard Ph.D. and scholar, Rabbi Greenberg has been a seminal thinker in confronting the Holocaust as an historical transforming event and Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a third era in Jewish history. In the book, Interpreters of Judaism in the Late Twentieth Century, Professor Steven T. Katz wrote, “No Jewish thinker has had a greater impact on the American Jewish community in the last two decades than Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg.” Rabbi Greenberg has published numerous articles and monographs on Jewish thought and religion, including The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays (1988), an analysis of the Sabbath and holidays, and Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World. From 1974 through 1997, he served as founding President of CLAL – the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a pioneering institution in the development of adult and leadership education in the Jewish community and the leading organization in intra-Jewish dialogue and the work of Jewish unity. Before CLAL was founded, he served as Rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center, as Associate Professor of History at Yeshiva University, as founder, chairman and Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at City College of the City University of New York and as Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and one of the founding figures of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A pioneer in Holocaust education and theology and in the Jewish-Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, his writings include such notable monographs on post-Shoah theology as Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, Modernity After the Holocaust (1976), The Third Great Cycle of Jewish History (1981), Voluntary Covenant (1982), The Ethics of Jewish Power (1990), Judaism and Christianity: Their Respective Roles in the Divine Strategy of Redemption (1996), and Convenantal Pluralism (1997).